............. the return address was California. I shook it, turned it over several times and tried to guess what it was, but in the end, I didn't have a clue. When I
A virtual friend of The Café named Brit happens to have a walnut farm in California called Filmore Farms. She thoughtfully packaged and sent the beautiful walnuts via the U.S. Postal Service, and I happily received them .............. and it wasn't long before walnut creations began swirling and twirling in this girl's head.
I'd made some candied pecans last week for a salad, and decided to use a similar recipe for these walnuts. I was in the mood for a seasonal twist, so I added a teaspoon of apple pie spice, a combination of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cardamon. It's a delicious, warm blend of spices that is reminiscent of the classic all-American dessert it's named after.
The recipe starts on the stovetop, where the walnuts are combined with butter, olive oil, brown sugar, honey and apple pie spice, just sauté until golden. They're then transferred to a sheet pan and roasted until shiny, crisp .............. and irresistible!
These Apple-Pie Candied Walnuts are delicious as a snack, on salads and as an ice cream, pudding or cake topping. They also make wonderful gifts, packaged in small clear bags with a pretty ribbon. Just be sure to make plenty as they'll mysteriously disappear like hot cakes before they're even cooled! Well, maybe your family is very well behaved, but that's what happened at my house!
Apple-Pie Candied Walnuts
4 teaspoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cup walnuts
¾ cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil. If using foil, spray with cooking spray or lightly grease with oil.
2. Combine butter, olive oil, brown sugar, honey, apple pie spice, and sea salt in a medium-size sauté pan. Cook over medium heat until bubbly and well combined, stirring occasionally.
3. Add walnuts and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring continuously with a heat-proof spatula or wooden spoon till golden and sugar mixture binds to the walnuts. Turn onto prepared pan, and working quickly, separate nuts with wooden spoon or spatula. Be careful the nuts will be very hot!
4. Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until nuts are a deep, golden brown. Stir nuts occasionally during baking time, then spread out again to a single layer. Remove from oven. Cool completely, then store in an airtight container.